Textivate has a facility for creating a sequence of activities, which students must complete in the order that you specify. For most activities, you can also specify a target score which the student must achieve in order to pass on to the next activity.
You can have as many activities as you like in a sequence (or just one if you like). Students are invited to log-in using your (Premium or Group) textivate username plus the shared student password for your account, or their individual passwords (if you have set these up).
If logging in using the shared student password, students will be required to enter their name (which they should preferably do in a format specified by you) and a group (optional) when they finish the sequence, so that a record of their work can be uploaded.
If logging in using individual passwords, students' progress is updated to our servers after each activity is completed.
You can then access student scores etc via the new gradebook icon on textivate. You get a global score, total time taken, plus a breakdown of scores and time taken for each activity, including how many times each activity was repeated.
This is a great way of checking that students have completed their homework, as well as giving you all sorts of info about their performance.
More importantly, it's also a great way of ensuring that students are exposed to lots of repetitions of your target structures and vocabulary, whilst giving you a way of checking that they are putting the work in.
Here's an example of a sequence of 5 very short French activities: www.textivate.com/sequence-2zhjn1
Another thought: if you set a sequence of 1 activity, with no "pass target", this could be used as an assessment, where students' scores are recorded online...Here's an example of a 1 activity sequence, where after spending a bit of time on a text such as www.textivate.com/menu-3zhjn1 the students could then do this as an assessment: www.textivate.com/sequence-3zhjn1
By the way, you can also embed a sequence. See the example below. (You can close the log-in box to have a go at the sequence.):
I'm sure you'll agree, this adds a whole new dimension to textivate. Please let us know what you think via email or via our twitter account (@textivate).
Video tutorials that deal with sequences (NO AUDIO):
1. How to create a textivate sequence.
2. Sequences from the student's perspective - completing & submitting a textivate sequence.
3. Gradebook on textivate - accessing sequence results submitted by students.